Nassau University Medical Center Clinical Neuropsychology Externship in Rehabilitation

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Last Update

October 11, 2016

We are excited to announce that the neuropsychology externship program at Nassau University Medical Center has been given permission by the hospital administration to once again accept externs without the administration fee that was in place last year. We will be accepting externs again for the 2017 academic year and look forward to receiving applications starting on January 17, 2017 at 9 A.M.

Description of Externship

Nassau University Medical Center Clinical Neuropsychology Externship in Rehabilitation

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center can accept 1-2 clinical neuropsychology externs for 2017-2018. The extern(s) will gain experience in administering, scoring, and interpreting neuropsychological test batteries in adults (and potentially some children) with a variety of neurological and psychiatric conditions under the supervision of a board certified neuropsychologist. Students will see both inpatients and outpatients.

Opportunities for individual psychotherapy and individual cognitive remediation are also available, as well as involvement in outpatient cognitive remediation group therapy (which meets Thursday afternoon). Intervention experiences are with adults, within a neurobehavioral and CBT training model. The student may carry from 1-3 individual treatment patients.

Students receive 1-2 hours of individual supervision per week, and up to one hour in group supervision.

Externs are asked to spread their hours across three days. The extern needs to attend on Friday mornings, in order to participate in didactic seminars and an administrative meeting, jointly with Psychiatry/Clinical Psychology externs. The extern is also encouraged to attend grand rounds in the Departments of Psychiatry (Wednesday afternoon) and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and attend interdisciplinary team meetings.

There is also an opportunity to gain research experience in ongoing studies and develop individual projects for presentation.

Current enrollment as a doctoral student in Psychology is required. Graduate coursework in neuropsychology and prior testing experience is preferred.

Please note that applications will not be accepted prior to 9 A.M. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (as per PSYDNYS guidelines). The earliest date on which an offer can be made to a student is Monday, February 27th at 9:00 am.

Applicants will be notified about interviews via email. The interview process consists of individual interviews with Dr. Schaefer.

The start date for the neuropsychology externship is in early September, and is a 12-month externship (in contrast to the clinical psychology NUMC externship). A start date of July or August is also possible, if feasible and agreeable to all parties.

Interested applicants should send:

1. a brief cover letter, stating interest in this program

2. a letter from the director of training at your school, stating that you are a student in good standing and eligible for externship

3. Summary of neuroscience/neuropsychology/assessment classes

4. a CV/resume

5. a copy of a testing report with all identifying information deleted.

6. 1-2 Letters of recommendation.

Email is preferred, but hard copy applications will be accepted. Please send all information, and direct all questions regarding this externship, to Dr. Schaefer at:

Lynn A. Schaefer, Ph.D., ABPP/CN

Director of Neuropsychology

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Nassau University Medical Center

2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Box 31

East Meadow, NY 11554

Phone: (516) 572-6835

Fax: (516) 572-3170

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